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Scrap Happy July

July 14, 2019

a work in progress – bojagi (sometimes known as pojagi)

a Korean technique, often used as a wrapping cloth, similar to the Japanese furoshiki

traditionally using scraps of ramie/linen, silk and even paper

stitched using a triple seam leaving the cloth finished on both sides

(click on Bojagi in the “tags” column for more work and info)

my gathering of silk scraps – natural dyed, stamped, stenciled and shibori samples

the only book in English that I am aware of, written by Chunghie Lee, has excellent pictures and instructions

of the several different seam techniques that are possible I use a French seam, hand stitching each seam three times

step 1 – wrong sides together – stitch two layers together

step 2 – once the seam is finished fold both sides over the raw edges

and stitch again making the seam wide enough that the raw edges are completely enclosed

step 3 – you now have a protruding seam 4 layers thick

fold it to one side and stitch it down (lower left)

from the “right” side tiny stitches are visible

a feature of bojagi is the pattern the seams create with light shining through

at this point I’m working towards a tunic style top but there are many more seams to go

the pile of finished pieces is slowly growing

to see other Scrap Happy blogs – usually posted on the 15th of each month

KateGun, TittiHeléneEvaSue, Nanette, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy, Debbierose, Tracy, Jill, Claire, Jan,
Moira, SandraLindaChrisNancy, Alys, Kerry, Claire,,
Joanne, Jon, HayleyDawn, Gwen, Connie, Bekki, Pauline and Sue L.



14 Comments leave one →
  1. July 18, 2019 8:17 pm

    Interesting project and technique.


  2. July 16, 2019 9:01 am

    Thank you for explaining the seaming. I love how you now have a fabric stained glass window.


    • July 16, 2019 10:00 am

      Dawn – the French seam is a very old technique used in couture clothing. The stained glass effect is what makes all the stitching worthwhile – that and the fact that the piece is finished on both sides.

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  3. July 15, 2019 8:52 pm

    I adore bojagi. And coincidentally Youngmin Lee is local to me. I even work with someone who knows her.


    • July 15, 2019 10:07 pm

      Nia Lorre – other than Western techniques my experience is mainly in Japanese textiles. When I was a student at Kawashima Textile School one of my roommates was Korean and that was where I was introduced to bojagi.

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  4. Going Batty in Wales permalink
    July 15, 2019 6:11 am

    It looks gorgeous and must feel luxurious too


    • July 15, 2019 9:37 am

      Going Batty – thank you, it does feel good and is something to work on in the evenings when my brain has stopped functioning.


  5. July 15, 2019 3:02 am

    What a fascinating, time-consuming technique! But that stained glass look is really cool!


    • July 15, 2019 7:55 am

      Kerry – there isn’t the need for all the exact measuring like in traditional quilting so I don’t think it takes much longer. I like being able to use small scrappy bits that often get thrown out.


  6. July 14, 2019 7:49 pm

    wow, so beautiful! What a great way to use up scraps!


    • July 14, 2019 11:08 pm

      Kjerstin – it is very slow work and the silk is slippery but the stained glass effect is rather nice.


  7. July 14, 2019 2:26 pm

    What a beautiful idea. I’m assuming you make your pattern pieces to the right size and shape, since cutting through one of these beautifully finished seams would make it start to unravel?


    • July 14, 2019 3:16 pm

      Kate – I just square off small scraps, juggle several until they fit and then go for it. I’d never make a serious quilter – to slap dash. And no, dealing with 3 layers of raveling seams would put me off forever.

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